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Complacency Can Starve Your Career Growth

December 24, 2018

A Real Story


I recently talked with a colleague on the phone who has been out of work for over a year now, this despite the fact the economy is performing well on all major indices. Now, granted my colleague has her age going against her as a strong headwind, she has been actively searching for a book-keeping related position day in and day out with little results. My colleague has been a bookkeeper for over twenty-five years with a very stable work history, having been at her last employer, a construction company, for nearly twenty-years. Even more recently, I heard from a friend that her daughter was out of work for about six months going on seven, was let go from her coding and billing position at a large physician practice, off shoring of jobs overseas where labor is more “cost effective.” Recollecting on these stories, there is a common theme that is worthy of note undoubtedly explaining the individual’s difficulty in landing a new opportunity.


Complacency Breeds Staleness-Limiting Opportunities


Complacency is defined by Merriam-Webster as self-satisfaction especially when accompanied by unawareness of actual dangers or deficiencies. Certainly, complacency plays a major role in these individual’s challenges in locating suitable employment. Fundamental to success in any career is the commitment to continual growth and ongoing development, recognizing that resting on one’s laurels is a long-term strategy with